CEI Comments on the Domenici-Bingaman Climate Change Policy White Paper
See also: Marlo Lewis' Response to Domenici-Bingaman White Paper
The additional comments submitted are a collaborative effort and are submitted on behalf of the Competitive Enterprise Institute, FreedomWorks, the American Legislative Exchange Council, and the Free Enterprise Action Fund.
Our analysis of the premises underlying the White Paper concludes that the White Paper is based on several assumptions (“findings”) which are not supported by the best available scientific and economic evidence. The White Paper thereby short circuits discussion of these underlying issues in order to arrive at the questions about how best to design a mandatory cap-and-trade regulatory regime to limit greenhouse gas emissions. In our view, a scrupulous assessment of the underlying assumptions would conclude that no mandatory reduction of greenhouse gas emissions is warranted by the evidence at this time. The additional comments review the first finding in detail and also discuss the assumption that the impacts of global warming are predicted to be adverse or negative.